How to support Rural Action

Rural Action helps local communities thrive through the support of our members. Your generous donations help Rural Action continue programming, education and outreach in our region. The first $20 of your donation is applied towards membership dues; above and beyond this amount will be considered a tax-deductible gift to the organization. We accept gifts of all sizes, large and small. Please give what you can afford.Your support makes a difference!

Donations are made through Paypal, a trusted online secure server. You do not need a paypal account to make a donation. To apply your donation in honor or memory of another individual, a note may be added on the “review donation” page.

Donate Now

Watch this video to see our work in Action

An appeal from a Rural Action member

lee-headerGrowing up, I played in woods and creeks (which may have contributed to my becoming a biologist), and loved going to camp every summer. In 2014, while at a Rural Action gathering, I first learned about Rural Action’s Watershed Day Camps. I was very taken with the concept that by getting children, who otherwise may not have the opportunity, outdoors and into streams that they could value their environment more – and it looked like fun!lee2-01
This past spring I enrolled my great nephews in one of the Watershed Camps and offered to go along as an adjunct counselor. When July came around my nephews, Phinn and Jasper, and I set off for our first day of camp. I questioned my decision as temperatures soared to 90 degrees. However, once my nephews got into the water and engaged in the other activities, they were oblivious to the heat. The boys were worn out by the end of each day. Never has it been so easy to get children to bed, Phinn and Jasper put themselves to bed early every night!
During the week, they learned about “fish shocking,” a way of capturing and assessing fish populations in a stream before letting them go, unharmed. Another day, we visited a wooded area with acid runoff from a mine seep. The campers measured the pH of the orange stream water before and after adding lime to neutralize the acidity, it was a big hit with my nephews as they had the chance to practice science in action.
Later, as the children explored the woods they found an overhang cave to climb to and investigate. I was delighted that day to see some kids interested in the forest plants. Not only did they listen intently when I spoke to the group about some leaf features, a couple of boys brought me some moss. They remembered moss I had shown them previously near the camp, and were eager to talk about the moss they found.
A phrase I learned at camp keeps returning to me, “We all live downstream.” Whether it’s taking care of our waterways, recycling, farming, managing our forests sustainably, or environmental education – I feel fortunate that we have such a strong local organization, Rural Action, to work “upstream” for a better future for us and our children.
I first became a member of Rural Action in 2000 and served on the Board of Directors for a period. I continue to be amazed at all that Rural Action does. This work supports the health of our natural areas as well as the people who live in them.
Though Rural Action receives support from granting agencies, those funds have little or no provision for some of the necessary infrastructure needed to run the organization. That’s where people like us can make all the difference. It’s wonderful to give to a local organization and be able to see change happen locally.



The best way to get involved with Rural Action is to become a member. Member support and participation make our programs possible. Member committees initiate Rural Action projects, and membership dues and donations ensure that they continue. Members are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents through a range of committees and projects in their communities or around special interests like energy or land restoration. Members also elect the Rural Action Board of Directors and stay up to date through newsletters and electronic communication.

For information about how to start a committee or a membership chapter in your community, call Executive Director Michelle Decker at 740-677-4047 Ext.19.

Member benefits include:

  • Copies of the Rural Report and Annual Report
  • A subscription to the Rural Rambler, our E-Newsletter
  • Member rates on workshops and events
  • Reduced prices on select merchandise
  • Annual Meeting Voting Privileges

Giving Society

The Rural Action Giving Society was established in 2004 to create a more sustainable funding structure for Rural Action and give community members an opportunity to contribute to the organizations work on a long-term basis.

The Giving Society consists of Gifts of Community ($10,000 for five years), Gifts of Action ($5,000 for five years), Gifts of Hope ($1,000 for five years) and Multi-Year Gifts.

If you are interested in joining the Giving Society and making a multi-year pledge to help sustain our organization in its work to revitalize Appalachian Ohio, please contact Michelle Decker: 740-677-4047 or